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RING OF FIRE BATTLE OF LENINGRAD ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

RING OF FIRE- BATTLE OF LENINGRAD

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 24 2014

 

 

Tracklisting: Mother Russia; They’re Calling Your Name; Empire; Land Of Frozen Tears; Firewind; Where Angels Play; Battle Of Leningrad; No Way Out; Our World; Rain.


Oddly we knew a guy, years ago, who played in a band called ‘Ring of Fire’ but this is not that Johnny Cash covers band. Ring of Fire is Mark Boals’ band who you might remember from their last release 9 years ago now. If you love your Metal neo-classical in vein with fantasy lyrics and excellent musicianship then this is far better for you then a bit of Country, no matter what the pedigree.


All joking aside ‘Ring of Fire has produced something rather great here; something rather ‘epic’ indeed. Reconvening in 2012 to work on their unfinished business and develop a new album from the true story of the siege of Leningrad during the WWII: as Boals’ says “…an amazing story and one of World War II's finest examples of heroism in the worst circumstances imaginable” this is a concept that stands up.


Musically it’s all about power and precision, full of great technical passages and some wonderful guitar parts strung together with lyrics that bring to life the struggle. If you hanker for the taste of Prog Metal meets neo-classical with even a whiff of bands like Muse (maybe on ‘Empire’ or it may just be me!) then this is well worth checking out.


‘Mother Russia; sets the scene, all martial and atmospheric, before the more expensive tracks like ‘Empire; kick in. It’s songs like ‘Where Angela Play’ though and perhaps ‘They Call Your Name’ that sound most like the Ring of Fire of old – blending as they do neo-classical influences with traditional rock sensibilities.


If we have to pick favourite moments then it’s probably ‘Firewind’ which is also one of the longest here, leading in with piano and a lone guitar it becomes a shred-fest that soars out of the speakers before dropping back again. It’s a wonderful song. The title track too takes some beating, with its early-Rainbow vibe, but really to be truthful this is an album made to be heard all the way through, Trust me it’s a great ride if you love this kind of stuff.  
Recommended for fans of Malmsteen and Royal Hunt.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

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